As the group stage neared its conclusion, Goldman changed its mind to forecast that it would be England facing off against the Brazilians in the final, although Brazil would still triumph.
In my career, whenever I picked up silverware, I expected to win I and I sense the same mindset with England right now.
Their only appearance in a final came back in 1966 when they beat West Germany 4-2.
They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding. "I do so hate it." .
Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).
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'We've worked hard on getting to know each other off the pitch and creating that togetherness and understanding with each other, ' he added.
It's wonderful because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.
"I remember it. I always enjoy a good nutmeg". At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term. Belgium, I thought, did great against Brazil - them going out was a great bonus for us.
The chant of "On our way, on our way, to Moscow, on our way" came from England fans in one corner of the stadium throughout the match, and the team's march to the Russian capital is being fueled by goals from set pieces.
That tournament ended in despair for the defender after missing the crucial penalty in the shootout, so perhaps it is little wonder that the level-headed manager and "bloody proud" Englishman has got lost in some of the celebrations in Russian Federation. "I wouldn't say you get more pumped up, but you want to prove you deserve to be there".
Fans jumped on the vehicle, smashing its roof and windscreen after England's 2-0 win against Sweden on Saturday.
"Nutmeg him again? Hopefully".
"When you look at it like that, obviously it's great, but more importantly it was about the team", he said.